Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Brokering Post Offices-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that alleges that the husband of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum, is brokering the sale of a number of U.S. Post Offices and facilities that are no longer needed.

The Truth:

The postal facilities are being sold by the firm CBRE group whose Chairman of the Board is Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein.    This according to a May 30, 2013 article by Fox News.

Fox News contacted Senator Feinstein’s office and a spokesperson told them that the Senator “is not involved in her husband’s business dealings and she had nothing to do with his firm being awarded the contract.”

posted 06/10/13 

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

All In The Family

The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, many of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country.

The sale of these properties will fetch billions of dollars and a handsome 6% commission to the company handling the sales. That company belongs to a man named Richard Blum. Who is Richard Blum you ask? Why the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, that’s who. What a bunch of crooks we have running this country!

Senator Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, stand to make a fortune. His firm, C.R. I., is the sole real estate company offering these properties for sale. Of course, C.R.I. will be making a 6% commission on the sale of each and every one of these postal properties.

All of these properties that are being sold are all fully paid for. They were purchased with U.S. taxpayers’ dollars, and they are allowed free and clear by the U.S.P.S. The only cost to keep them is the cost to actually keep the doors open and the heat and lights on. The United States Postal Service doesn’t even have to pay property taxes on these subject properties. Would you sell your house just because you couldn’t afford to pay the electric bill? Well, the Post Office is.

How does a powerful U.S. Senator from San Francisco manage to get away with such a sweet deal? A powerful United States Senator’s husband is standing by, all ready to make millions from a U.S. taxpayer funded enterprise.

No one in the mainstream media is even raising an eyebrow over his 6% commission on the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of quasi-public assets.

I would have thought competitive bids would have been required?